In the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bombshell report acknowledging that Russia favored Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Thursday slammed a GOP member of the panel’s House of Representatives counterpart for finding the opposite.
Last month, the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee closed its Russia investigation after concluding in March that it had not seen evidence to conclusively determine that Putin conspired to help Trump — a difference Tur pointed out to Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), a member of the committee.
“I respect the Senate’s work, and I would just respectfully disagree, at least with one part,” the congressman said. “When it comes to was Russia trying to hurt Hillary Clinton or trying to help Donald Trump, that’s nearly impossible to know. You actually have to crawl inside Vladimir Putin’s head to really answer that question.”
Tur, however, didn’t let him off the hook.
“Congressman, with all due respect, the Senate Intel Committee interviewed a lot more people, we believe, than you did,” the host said. “And their conclusion — along with the intelligence community’s conclusion — was that, yes, they may have been trying to denigrate Hillary Clinton, hurt Hillary Clinton. But that was to help Donald Trump.”
She then asked Stewart why his committee didn’t interview a number of key witnesses in the Russia investigation, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, onetime campaign aide George Papadopoulos and 11 others.
“I get your point,” the Utah Republican said at one point, but Tur didn’t let him interrupt her.
Watch below, via MSNBC: